Drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax, Pantera) and Butcher Babies vocalist Carla Harvey got engaged over the weekend. Benante and Harvey both posted about their big day on Instagram, with Benante saying "We went to see U2 and this happened Carla Harvey. they played 'all I want is you'…" and Harvey adding "it wasn't a dream, I woke up in Vegas as the future Mrs. Benante. I love you Charlie Benante."
Congratulations to the happy couple! Though we're hardly the only ones that offered well wishes, as a handful of big names around the rock and metal world have done the same. Comments poured in from folks like Brann Dailor of Mastodon, Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope, Gary Holt of Exodus, Ray Luzier of Korn, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, the team over at Drumeo, and… I mean, you get the idea. It's nice to see a happy couple celebrate a big milestone in their lives.
Benante elaborated on how he and Harvey met in a 2021 interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, saying it all started way back at a festival.
"Actually, we met at… Well, she says we met earlier, but I don't remember it. She says she interviewed me at the Golden Gods Awards, but I don't remember it, but she does have a picture of it, so I know I was there. And then we played a festival in San Bernardino together. I think it was — it could have been Knotfest. And then afterwards, our manager said, 'Oh, the Butcher Babies, they covered one of your songs for this, blah, blah, blah,' and I'm, like, 'Oh, cool.'
"And then, that's how I ended up meeting her, at that show. And we were both kind of interested in the same type of things — like, goofy, nerdy shit. But at the time, we were both kind of involved in marriages and stuff, and that was it. We would e-mail here and there, 'Hey, did you check out this book?' or, 'Did you see that?' And then that was it. I didn't talk to her for a bit. And then one day, I was in L.A. making a record, and I hit her up, and I said, 'You wanna meet around here, go get a coffee or something?'
"And, she turned me down. And then I hit her back up a little bit later, and she's, like, 'Okay, I've to gotta go to the art store in that area. Do you wanna come with me?' And we ended up going to an art store. And that was it."